Results Based Management
Results Based Management is a rationalized working approach widely used among development partners in international collaboration, and is currently being used to track progress achieved towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
This approach has a long history. Development actors, such as UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) and government authorities have committed themselves to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
In order to meet these goals, National Government agencies have developed targets and indicators to measure their contributions to these SDG’s. Individual development agencies now use Results Based Management approaches as their standard way of working.
During the 90's, years before the Millennium Development Goals were adopted (2000) most agencies had just adopted the use of “logical frameworks” as a tool for sustainable project and programme planning, indicator development, designing monitoring systems and organising for independent evaluations. The Logical Frameworking / Results Based Management tool has proven very useful for project management purposes but failed to provide an overall understanding of the impact these projects were generating in society. Development partners also started to conduct in-depth Situation and Context Analysis, and Stakeholder analysis.
Over the years, new additional tools have entered the development arena to enrich the quality of results based management. In particular the development actors needed these new tools to get a clearer understanding of the impacts that were created by their activities, projects and programs. The most prominent new approaches are Theory of Change, Outcome Mapping, and Impact Evaluation..
QOEN Consulting supports development actors with technical advice on any of these tools. This helps agencies to develop a clear understanding of the development and sector context, and as such helps agencies to make informed decisions on the projects, programs and initiatives.